Youth Services Commission
The mission of the Hudson County Youth Services Commission (YSC) is to ensure the availability of accessible, responsive and coordinated services for youth involved in the juvenile justice system and those at risk of involvement in Family Court.
What We Do:
The YSC is responsible for administering the State/Community partnership, Family Court and Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) funded grants. State Community Partnership supports services for juveniles involved in the juvenile justice system and delinquency prevention programs. Family Court supports programs and services for juveniles involved with or at risk of involvement with the Family Court. JDAI funds are designed to reduce the unnecessary and inappropriate use of detention while maintaining public safety and court appearance.
- Delinquency Prevention- Services designed to prevent youth from engaging in anti-social and delinquent behavior and from taking part in other problematic behaviors that are pathways to delinquency.
- Diversion- Services that offer alleged juvenile offenders with an opportunity to avoid arrest/prosecution by providing alternatives to the formal justice system:
- Adolescent Community Services Program- North Bergen Board of Education.
- Mentoring Program- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties.
- Disposition- Services that focus on youth judged delinquent who are ordered by the court to comply with specific sanctions, supervision and services as a consequence for their delinquent behavior:
- Shepherd’s Program- United Cerebral Palsy of Hudson County.
- Evening Reporting Center- YMCA of Newark.
- Substance Abuse Services- CarePoint Health Foundation, Inc.
- Adolescent Specialized Treatment Services- CarePoint Health Foundation, Inc.
- Youth between 10 and 18 years who are currently involved or at risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system.
- Youth must be referred to various programs by the Family Court, probation and/or other Youth Service Commission approved referral sources.
Who We Are:
The YSC was established over 20 years ago within the Department of Health and Human Services. We serve as the YSC grant administrators. The County competitively contracts with various providers for the provision of services utilizing the State Community Partnerships and Family Court funds. Also, we operate a JDAI funded youth employment program for youth referred by probation and the Family Court.
Councils and Boards:
The Youth Services Commission serves as the primary advisory board to the County on juvenile justice issues relating to sanctions and services for juvenile adjudicated or charged as delinquent and for delinquency prevention programs. The commission has legislative oversight over all local juvenile justice boards including the council on Juvenile Justice Improvement and the Juvenile Crime Enforcement Coalition. The commission is composed of members who have knowledge relevant to the County’s population involved in or at risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system.